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Definitely not bad. Impromptu acoustic sets are better when the instruments are tuned correctly.
Subject: Just outstanding !
My personal, absolute favorite 1st set EVER ! 'Sacred' as Bobby calls it. Love the banter, the song selection, and the crisp quality. I listen to this one often, and it never grows old. Many gems here ! 5*****
What a nice christmas present give it a listen this is a jem words don't work listen and enjoy.
Thank you Bob,Jerry and the boys thank god I am a deadhead I am blown away
Subject: A hidden gem...
This could be one of the greatest intro-to-1970 shows the Dead did in the latter half of 1969. The sound quality of this tape is truly impressive, and the performance matches right up there with it.
The acoustic set is breathtaking. The sound is silky smooth in the lows and crystal clear in the highs. "All Around This World," "Little Sadie," "Long Black Limo" and "Uncle John's Band" are spectacular. The Jer/Bobby/Phil vocal harmonies are SPOT ON throughout the entire show, especially on UJB. Everyone needs to set aside some time and focus on the China>Rider. It is absolutely perfect! One of the best they've ever done! Tom Constanten was always one of my favorite keys players, and he adds some very inspired B-3 organ work to the second set.
Jerry is playing his brown sunburst Fender Strat. Phil is playing his Alembic-modified Gibson EB-0 bass with Guild single-coil pickups. Bob is most likely playing his big Guild hollow-body double cutaway (as seen on the Woodstock film and photos from that era). All fed into Fender Twin Reverb and Bassman amps. This combination of instruments and amps gives the Dead their late-60s signature sound.
Naturally, as a collector, I am drawn to the major dates when the Dead defined their progressing sound and let it fly; mid-'68, early '69, the first half of 1970, summer '71, Europe '72, the last half of '73, May 1977 and so on. These periods were so incredible and the music so mature and awe-inspiring, that we sometimes tend to overlook the "transitional" shows in between. This show just goes to show that even an on an un-notable date, at an obscure auditorium in Dallas, Texas, the Dead are still amazing. Phil is especially on this night, and the Dark Star jam is otherworldly. It isn't the best Dark Star, but it isn't unimpressive either.
One of my favorite, but rarely played, songs is given a very interesting treatment here. My favorite performance of "New Speedway Boogie" is 5/1/1970, but the backing harmony vocals were often dropped from the 1970 performances. This NSB is badly cut, but is really unique. The backing vocals are there, and it is very bluesy.
In all, a great lead in to 1970 that could stand just fine on its own.
Subject: This is the version to get
really 1970 started in about 11/69 and 1969 ended about late february of 1970. The overlap period, that which included Tom on keys, the New Orleans mess, Altmont, the full rendition of Workingman's Dead and a prelude to 1970 unplugged ... deserves a class, or year of its own. 69-70!
Here it can be heard that the acoustic material started as monkey & engineer, all around this world, black limo and lil sadie, only all around this world made it on bears choice, maybe record producers found it violent enough to add another murder song? dick's picks 4 also misses lil sadie, too bad its a great song, and 1980 did not due it justice. I don't even think workingman's dead was planned as acoustic material at first.
This is the beginning of the band finding musical relevance in other wise simple songs such as cold rain or minglewood, deep elm or rosalie mcfall, and would give them a mystical edge, in material that they did not write but sure seemed to own.
in about november of 1970 a real rock and roll buddy holly chuck berry era comes into play, and with it NFA and Jon B Goode instead of Friend of the Devil or New Speedway Boogie. One step done and another begun.
This show is a winner.... seriously funny banter and smoking tunes...
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" December 26, 1969 at McFarlin Auditorium, SMU, Dallas, Texas, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Bob Murphy has a version of this show with 20K downloads at:
Wasn't Warner Brothers unhappy with the GRATEFUL DEAD in 1969? LMAO...
I recommend using your EQ during playback of most of the shows on the IA, this one included.
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Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD, or not.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1969.
PS: Remember to click on the "DeadLists Project" link and get the "Poster" for this show.
PSS: Thanks for the Two CD Set up...nice.
I didn't know there was anything this sweet from 1969. And I've been collecting Dead tunes for 25 years.